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Welcome to the Data section of the Biodiversity Information System for Europe. Here you can find selected entry points to data and information related to Biodiversity. The scope is set to information infrastructure supported by the European Union.


The Biodiversity data centre (BDC) managed by the European Environmental Agency (EEA) provides data and information on species and habitat types of European importance, red listed species in Europe, Natura 2000 sites and nationally designated areas in European countries.

                                                                                                                       to the Biodiversity data centre

Data and information useful for biodiversity indicator sets such as SEBI 2010, as well as for assessemnts of biodiversity and ecosystem services are also provided by the other eight environmental data centres which are :


The mission of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is to facilitate free and open access to biodiversity data worldwide via the Internet to underpin sustainable development. Access to millions of data records shared via the GBIF network is facilitated via the

to the GBIF home page

Copernicus, previously known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security), is the European Programme for the establishment of a European capacity for Earth Observation. So far the most relevant services in the context of BISE are:

to the GMES home page

The Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) – is the biodiversity arm of the Global Earth Observation System of System of Systems (GEOSS). Some 100 governmental and non-governmental organizations are collaborating through GEO BON to make their biodiversity data, information and forecasts more readily accessible to policymakers, managers, experts and other users.

A cost effective system of biodiversity data collection at regional, national and European levels is currently under development within the EU FP7 project EBONE.

A formal listing and description of all the Earth observation systems, data sets, models and other services and tools that together constitute the Global Earth Observation System of Systems can be found at the

to the GEO BON homepage

LifeWatch e-Infrastructure for Biodiversity Research

LifeWatch will construct and bring into operation the facilities, hardware, software and governance structures for all aspects of biodiversity research. It will consist of:  facilities for data generation and processing; a network of observatories; facilities for data integration and interoperability; virtual laboratories offering a range of analytical and modelling tools; and a Service Centre providing special services for scientific and policy users, including training and research opportunities for young scientists. The current preparatory project brings together the interested EU Member and Associated States with the objective of preparing a cooperation agreement on the construction and maintenance of the LifeWatch research infrastructure.

to the LifeWatch home page


EMODNET - The European Marine Observation and Data Network is an effort undertaken by the EU’s Maritime Policy Blue Book, welcomed by the European Council in 2007. The aim is to improve access to high quality marine data for private bodies, public authorities and researchers. A set of preparatory actions on biological data, hydrograpic data, chemical data, geological data and broad scale habitats has been launched for a limited set of Sea Basins, which aim at gathering experience for a later permanent operational system.

to the EMODNET home page


EuMon - EU-wide monitoring methods and systems of surveillance for species and habitats of Community interest

The EuMon portal provides information on biodiversity monitoring in Europe, national responsibilities, and biodiversity coverage of the Natura 2000 network. Policy briefs for these topics are also available. It also provides a support tool called BioMAT for the design and analysis of monitoring schemes.

to the EuMON homepage